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  • Bulldog Bikes And Floats Is The Place For Outdoor Fun

    Bored with retirement, Mike Prager wanted to get back to having fun. He had spent 20-some years in the trucking industry after he graduated from college in 1972, but his passion had always been the bike shop he opened in Easton called Easton Cycle and Sport, which sold bikes, kayaks and sporting...
  • SPARK Dance Studio Celebrates 20 Years

    For 20 years, SPARK Dance Studio has shaped dancers in Anne Arundel County. SPARK’s motto is “to ignite each dancer’s potential, whether it’s for fun or for those who want to dance professionally,” said studio director and owner Amy Rink. “I’m...
  • 2017 Was The Year Of Deregulation

    In 2017, we witnessed a great year in the market. The S&P was up 23 percent for the calendar year. The Dow Jones hit all-time highs. The volatility index, known as the VIX, which measures market volatility and is colloquially known as the “fear gauge,” was down 17 percent in 2017,...
  • Gable To Host Career Expo Amid Growth Into Digital Media Era

    Thirty-nine years ago, Gable Signs was a small backyard business in Pasadena, operating out of a spare garage while providing local stores and companies with hand-painted signs. Today, while still headquartered in Pasadena, the company – now known simply as Gable - has evolved tremendously in...
  • Active Body & Health Joins Forces With RockWell Fitness

    After outgrowing its former space on Ritchie Highway, Active Body & Health partnered with RockWell Fitness, and the two now operate under the same roof. Active Body & Health’s owners, Debi and Dave Vincent, joined the team from RockWell in welcoming members of the Greater Severna Park...
  • Kennard Chiropractice & Physical Therapy Turns 10

    Dr. Ross Kennard and his team at Kennard Chiropractic & Physical Therapy were proud to host the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, along with other community members, for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the practice’s 10th anniversary in business. Kennard Chiropractic...
  • Chamber Update

    We are excited to announce our newest members of the chamber: Inspiring HR, Chris Carr, Monument Sotheby’s International Realty, Sierra Pacific Mortgage Company, Budding Voices LLC, EscapeTime, Hope Springs Community Church, Total View Home Inspections, Bulldog Bikes and Floats, Tracey...
  • Community Contributors: O’Loughlin’s Aims For $100,000 In 10th Year Of Fundraising For St. Baldrick’s Foundation

    About 2,000 people stopped by O’Loughlin’s Restaurant & Pub throughout the afternoon of Sunday, March 4, for the 10th annual Brave The Shave event to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fight childhood cancer. Among those 2,000 guests, about 100 dedicated donors...
  • New 7-Eleven Opens In Arnold

    Those driving down Ritchie Highway in Arnold will notice a new haven for taquitos and Big Gulps. That’s right, a new 7-Eleven has opened in Arnold.   This location is owned by Nisha and George Panchigar, and it’s their third 7-Eleven store. The couple has been in the 7-Eleven...
  • Ledo Pizza Unveils Its New Look

    Following a renovation to give its dining room a modern look, Ledo Pizza & Pasta of Severna Park was proud to show off its changes at a ribbon cutting sponsored by the Greater Severna Park & Arnold Chamber of Commerce. Ledo Pizza & Pasta is located at 552 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.
  • Monument Sotheby's Opens New Office In Severna Park

    The team at the Carol Snyder Group of Monument Sotheby’s International Realty welcomed members of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, elected officials and other community well-wishers for a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of a new office at 537-A Baltimore-...
  • PRMI Welcomes Industry Veteran to Local Lending Team

    Primary Residential Mortgage Inc. (PRMI), one of the nation’s top mortgage lenders serving Maryland for 15 years, is proud to welcome mortgage industry veteran and Annapolis native Mary Beth Henderson as the newest senior loan officer in its Severna Park office. “We are thrilled to...
  • 2017 Isn’t Over Yet

    According to Forbes, only one in three Americans has saved money for retirement. Over the next 20 years, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day. If only one in three have saved anything, only 3,333 of those 10,000 people have saved for their retirement. That’s alarming, especially since...
  • Chamber Update

    Severna Park and Arnold are beautiful and unique communities where we shop, dine, live and play. We love our communities and many of us have lived here all our lives. We can drive anywhere in Maryland, skiing at Wisp Resort in the winter and enjoying the Ocean City beach in the summer. We can...
  • Community Contributors: Heat Cardio Club Already Making Its Mark On Severna Park

    Heat Cardio Club is making working out fun again. The new space, which opened in September, is a cross between a gym and a night club. In fact, the workouts feature club lights. This, of course, was by design. “There aren’t lights on. Nobody is pointing at them telling them that they...
  • Maryland Performing Arts Center Opens Beautiful New Location

    Following six months of renovation, the new Maryland Performing Arts Center facility opened its doors to students in early March. Modeled to capture the look and feel of a New York-style studio — with exposed light bulbs, duct work and brick walls — the state-of-the-art studio offers...
  • Planning For Retirement Is Like Climbing Mount Everest

    The struggle to climb to the summit of the highest mountain on Earth at 29,029 feet above sea level is long, arduous and fraught with danger. Sir Edmund Hillary is recognized as the first person to succeed in conquering Mount Everest. Although he may not have been the first to summit (there is...
  • Jing Ying Donates To Alzheimer’s Association

    Following a first year participating in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi – which claimed the title of top fundraiser in Anne Arundel County – was happy to have Dawn Lewis (second from right), development and community relations...
  • Ledo Pizza Unveils A New Look

    If you stop by Severna Park’s Ledo Pizza location, you might notice that it looks a little different inside. Owner Martin Gorman decided the restaurant needed a new look, so last September, he met with a designer to come up with something fresh, open and modern. The project took about six...
  • EscapeTime Opens First Location In Severna Park

    A team of native Anne Arundel County real estate professionals is bringing a new entertainment venue to Severna Park Market Center. With the grand opening of its first location at 487 Ritchie Highway, EscapeTime will offer the opportunity for team-building, birthday celebrations and a night out to...
  • Kris-Leigh Catered Living Reopens Following Renovation

    Kris-Leigh Catered Living was proud to partner with the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce for a recent grand reopening and ribbon cutting ceremony at its Severna Park location. Both visitors and families alike have shared the sentiment that it is nice to have an elegant assisted...
  • Chamber Update

    In the mid ‘70s, Bill Gates dreamed of a world where there would be “a computer on every desk and in every home.” His dream didn’t quite happen overnight. In the early stages, computers were often used only as word processors and the internet was as uncharted as “space...
  • Homestead Gardens Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary

    Brian Riddle grew up spending his afternoons at Homestead Gardens.   His father purchased the Central Avenue property in Davidsonville in 1973. Since then, it has served as the headquarters for Homestead Gardens.   “Being a young child and going to elementary school, I...
  • Operational Changes Haven’t Slowed Down Simple Sands

    The emails to John Sparkman poured in as people drove past Simple Sands at night only to see that the “open” sign was not illuminated. That trend continued from March 2017 until this fall, when the restaurateur was able to again open his store in the evening, extending close time from 3...
  • Business Leaders Combine To Form Alta CPA Group

    Alta CPA Group could be called a combination of forces to be reckoned with. The established Clark Perlin LLC and Griffith and Ragula of the former Toal, Griffith and Ragula LLC have merged to form Alta CPA Group, a full-service CPA firm offering tax, audit and accounting consultation and CFO...


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